Movie Review: Risen (DVD) – Geek Node

Movie Review: Risen (DVD)

Written by
  • Historical
  • Kevin Reynolds
  • Paul Aiello, Patrick Aiello, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon
  • Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth
  • Ster Kinekor Entertainment
  • DVD
  • DVD, Bluray
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What It’s About

RISEN is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Based on the story by Paul Aiello with a screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello,RISEN is directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is produced by Mickey Liddell, Patrick Aiello, and Pete Shilaimon, with Robert Huberman and Scott Holroyd serving as executive producers.

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What I Thought

In this version of the story of the ‘resurrection’ we view the events through the eyes of a Roman and while it’s a mildly refreshing take it isn’t as if you don’t know how it all ends or what happened.

While not taking itself too seriously dimly sparkles as one of it’s strong points, it can be argued that films like these are a literal dime a dozen – catering to a religious demographic bent on believing whatever is placed in front of them without question.

Similarly to other films set in the era, it skillfully steps over and past the really big questions and instead delivers something less than fulfilling. Entertaining and fun overall, this is not the sort of film you’d want to take anyone except your church friends to see and I found myself wondering whether Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) shouldn’t have just told his superiors that he saw Jesus get on a donkey headed for Syria instead of putting us through the paces.

DVD Special Features:

• The Mystery Of The Resurrection: Making Risen Featurette
• Script To Screen Featurette
• The Battle Of The Zealots Deconstructed Featurette

What Other People Thought

Risen accomplishes something quite remarkable: It tells the familiar, timeless story of Jesus’ death and resurrection from a fresh vantage point. – Adam R. Holz

Kevin Reynolds’ film adopts a lighter, more playful tone than most Hollywood biblical epics, largely steering clear of heavy-handed dramatics and kitschy pageantry. – Justin Chang

So Risen joins the swelling ranks of faith-based films that pander to audiences instead of serving them. – Peter Travers

The messiah is ‘beamingly benign’ and Pilate a ‘harassed fusspot’ in this Passion of the Christ-lite. – Mark Kermode

What It's About RISEN is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Based on the story by Paul Aiello with a screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello,RISEN is directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is produced by Mickey Liddell, Patrick Aiello, and Pete Shilaimon, with Robert Huberman and Scott Holroyd serving as executive producers. What I Thought In this version of the story of the ‘resurrection’ we view the events through the eyes of a Roman and while it’s a mildly refreshing take it isn’t as if you don’t know how it all ends or what happened. While not taking itself too seriously dimly sparkles as one of it’s strong points, it can be argued that films like these are a literal dime a dozen – catering to a religious demographic bent on believing whatever is placed in front of them without question. Similarly to other films set in the era, it skillfully steps over and past the really big questions and instead delivers something less than fulfilling. Entertaining and fun overall, this is not the sort of film you’d want to take anyone except your church friends to see and I found myself wondering whether Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) shouldn’t have just told his superiors that he saw Jesus get on a donkey headed for Syria instead of putting us through the paces. - DVD Special Features: • The Mystery Of The Resurrection: Making Risen Featurette • Script To Screen Featurette • The Battle Of The Zealots Deconstructed Featurette - What Other People Thought Risen accomplishes something quite remarkable: It tells the familiar, timeless story of Jesus' death and resurrection from a fresh vantage point. - Adam R. Holz Kevin Reynolds' film adopts a lighter, more playful tone than most Hollywood biblical epics, largely steering clear of heavy-handed dramatics and kitschy pageantry. - Justin Chang So Risen joins the swelling ranks of faith-based films that pander to audiences instead of serving them. - Peter Travers The messiah is ‘beamingly benign’ and Pilate a ‘harassed fusspot’ in this Passion of the Christ-lite. - Mark Kermode [taq_review] Risen is currently available for purchase on DVD at all major retailers country-wide.

One to consider!

Total - 5.5

5.5

Total

Entertaining and fun overall, this is not the sort of film you’d want to take anyone except your church friends to see and I found myself wondering whether Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) shouldn’t have just told his superiors that he saw Jesus get on a donkey headed for Syria instead of putting us through the paces.

User Rating: 2.95 ( 1 votes)
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Risen is currently available for purchase on DVD at all major retailers country-wide.

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Werner is a strange one...he quotes a lot of things...incoherently I might add, also he reviews stuff from time to time. We still don't truly understand what he is or where he came from. To quote him verbatim: Make sure they see my twitter handle so I can get hookers and drugs.
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Comments

  • Nick de Bruyne

    Thanks for the review. However, I don’t think that you could literally get a dozen films like these for a dime, lol.

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